I first met Dan Nakamura, AKA Dan the Automator, when I shot his album and press kit for his band, Got a Girl," with our mutual friend Mary. Dan has been a hip hop producer who's work has been heard for the past 30 years in a variety of genre's of music. Though his work he has collaborated with the greatest musicians and gathered insight and wisdom about creativity, art and music. Today I sit down with him in the East Village to talk about art.
Some topics we go over:
Adding distraction to remove the pressure
Validation through Commercializations contrasted to Validation through art
Make the art you want to make
Likeminded people find eachother to make awe
Doing what makes you happy without compromise
Creating your own world with a do or die attitude
Working with odd, different people, who drum to their own beat that are in the world in spite of the world
Using your humor for difficult subjects
The joy of the ups and downs
The future of music
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